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President of the Republic of Lithuania Ms. Dalia Grybauskaitė has conferred on Mr. Hajime Furuta, Governor of Gifu Prefecture, the Order for Merits to Lithuania, for his outstanding contribution to fostering close bilateral cooperation between Lithuania and Japan.
Mr. H. Furuta has received the Award in a solemn ceremony on July 6, 2019, at the President’s Office in Vilnius.
He also had a meeting with the Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Linas Linkevičius, who thanked the Governor for his exceptional attention to cooperation of Gifu with Lithuania.
On June 28, 2019, Lithuanian historian Dr. Simonas Strelcovas gave a lecture about Chiune Sugihara „Mission (Im) possible: Lithuanian Republic, War Refugees and Chiune Sugihara“ at the Lithuanian Embassy.
Dr. Simonas Strelcovas presented a broad historic context of “visas for live”, issued in 1940 in Kaunas by Japanese Vice-Consul Chiune Sugihara. Those visas, issued to war refugees, saved 6000 human lives. The lecturer answered numerous questions from the Japanese audience.
Dr. S. Streclovas, who is presently Research Fellow at Meijo University, is author of a book about Chiune Sugihara. This book is presently being translated into Japanese, and the Japanese version is expected to be published in 2020.
Ambassador G. Varvuolis opened the event with a welcome address.
On June 24-27, 2019, delegation of Seimas (Parliament) of Lithuania – Deputy Speaker Ms. I. Šiaulienė, Leader of the Opposition Ms. V. Čmilytė-Nielsen and Adviser R. Kubilienė – took part in Women Political Leaders Global Forum (WPL) Summit in Tokyo.
The delegation, accompanied by Ambassador G. Varvuolis, also had meetings with Japanese State Minister Ms. S. Katayama, METI Parliamentary Vice-Minister Ms. Y. Seki, Member of House of Representatives, former Minister of Justice Ms. Y. Kamikawa, Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Mr. H. Akamatsu, Chairman of Japan-Lithuania Parliamentary Friendship League Mr. H. Nakasone and members of the League.
The delegation paid a visit to Hiratsuka, the host town of the Lithuanian Olympic team, visited sports facilities and met Mayor K. Ochiai and Chairman of the City Assembly A. Katakura.
The main topics of during meetings were women‘s empowerment and fostering of bilateral relations between Lithuania and Japan.
On June 18th, 2019, Ambassador Gediminas Varvuolis conferred the award of honor of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Lithuania's Diplomacy Star – on the Director of the Japan-Lithuania Exchange Center (#JLEC) Mr. Kenjiro Tamaki.
The Mayor of Toyohashi Mr. Koichi Sahara and Toyohashi delegation members, the former Japanese Ambassador to Lithuania Ms. Kazuko Shiraishi, many JLEC members, and other friends of Lithuania attended the solemn award ceremony.
In 2011, K. Tamaki initiated the establishment of JLEC, which brings together Japanese business representatives. K. Tamaki has headed this organization since then. In recent years, K. Tamaki has significantly contributed to developing economic relations between Lithuania and Japan, promoting Lithuania's export, making the country's name known in Japan, promoting tourism, and establishing scientific contacts.
Important areas of JLEC activity include establishing and strengthening relations between municipalities of Japan and Lithuania, assisting in organizing visits of Lithuanian business missions to Japan and of Japanese business missions to Lithuania, mediating in search of new business contacts, promoting Lithuania in Japanese media and social networks, representing Lithuania at fairs and exhibitions in Japan, as well as preparing and publishing catalogs of Lithuanian exporters for international exhibitions in the Japanese language.
With its members and volunteers in various cities across Japan, JLEC plays an important role in assisting the Embassy of Lithuania - both in Tokyo and in other prefectures of Japan.
On June 11-13, 2019, Lithuanian tourism was presented in three Japanese cities - Nagoya, Osaka and Tokyo. Representatives of Lithuanian tourism sector took part in the 5th joint “Baltic Road Show 2019”.
Lithuania was represented by national tourism promotion agency “Lithuania Travel”, public agency “Kaunas In”, tourism companies “Lithuanian Tours”, “Baltic Vitalis” and “Baltic Tours Group”, "Hi Baltics".
“Baltic Road Show 2019” was jointly organized by national tourism promotion agencies of Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Japanese partner company “Foresight Marketing, Inc.” and was attended by about 200 Japanese partners – tour operators and media representatives.
From June 12 to 16, 2019, Ambassador G. Varvuolis wa visiting Singapore, where he took part in ASEF (Asia-Europe Foundation, https://www.asef.org/) Board of Governors meeting and other bilateral meetings. In his speech, the Ambassador underlined the importance of increasing of visibility of the Foundation, particularly among the youth, and thanked ASEF for presentation of ASEF programs to Lithuanian artists, who are looking for support to their projects in Asian countries. During the meeting, attention was also paid to the reform of the Foundation and current issues.
In his meetings with Singapore headquartered international shipping and seaport infrastructure development companies Ocean Network Express Japan, Port of Singapore Authority and Portek, Ambassador Gediminas Varvuolis presented investment opportunities into Klaipeda Seaport, its expansion potential, and invited these companies to consider more active engagement in shipping activities in the Baltic Sea region. Excellent transport and logistics infrastructure, geographical centricity of Lithuania could serve as a perfect hub for Asian goods to enter EU, CIS and even further markets.
Ambassador Varvuolis also had an opportunity to meet Professor Tan Eng Chye, President of National University of Singapore, and deliver invitation to international science, innovation and business forum “Life Sciences Baltics 2020”, which will be held in Vilnius on September 30 – October 1, 2020. Strong life sciences and bio-tech sectors in both countries is an excellent stepping stone to increase mutual synergies and expand R&D cooperation.
In his meeting with the representatives of Singapore Business Federation (SBF) Ambassador Varvuolis discussed possibilities to deepen relations between business communities of both countries, and invited SBF to consider the possibility of Singaporean business mission to Lithuania in the nearest future.
Lithuania was represented at the EU Film Days in Japan by a documentary „The Ancient Woods“ . The author of the film Mr. Mindaugas Survila attended the screenings at the National Film Archive in Tokyo on June 2 and 5 and gave a guest talk. Lithuania‘s participation in the EU Film Days was supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania and the Embassy of Lithuania in Japan.
It is the 50th film festival for „The Ancient Woods“, the film has been screened in 27 countries. Lithuania traditionally participates in the EU Film Days in Japan – in 2018 that was a movie „Emilija“.
„The Ancient Woods“ will be screened in other cities in Japan:
Kyoto - June 23 (Sunday) at 17:00 and June 26 (Wednesday) at 13:30,
Fukuoka - July 18 (Thursday) at 11:00.
Filmed in one of the last remaining patches of old growth forest in Lithuania, "The Ancient Woods" is a place where the boundaries of time melt and everything that exists does not wither or age but “grows into” eternity. A poetic and atypical nature film takes its viewers on the endless journey – from the forest thickets to the wolves’ caves and up to black stork’s nest, and then deep into the water to the underwater forest, returning after to the human beings inhabiting the edge of the woodland. There is no commentary, only rich, almost palpable sounds of the forest and the magical situations captured by the camera.
On 24 May, Lithuania opened its Honorary Consulate in Chiba Prefecture, Japan. Takeshi Okawara, Head of JC Comsa Corporation, was appointed as the Honorary Consul of Lithuania.
On 23 May, Lithuania opened its Honorary Consulate in Sapporo after a year-long pause. Masahiro Fujii was appointed as the Honorary Consul of Lithuania in Hokkaido, Japan‘s largest prefecture. The Ambassador Gediminas Varvuolis presented him a consular patent.
Exhibition "Voices and Things of Samogitia" (Jewelleries and Figurines) of Lithuanian artist Eglė Čėjauskaitė-Gintalė is held in Tokyo Gallery SanKaiBi, http://www.sankaibi.com.
It is sponsored by Lithuanian Council of Culture, Embassy of Lithuania in Japan, Japan-Lithuania Friendship Association – JLFA.
● Exhibition: May 9 – 15, 11:00-18:00 (Closed on Sunday)
● Opening Reception: May 9, 18:00 – 20:00
● Artist Talk: May 11, 15:00
● Gallery SanKaiBi: 2-22-5, Hamacho, Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 103-0007. Tel. 03-5649-3710, e-mail: [email protected]
The collection of exhibits includes neck decorations, medallions, fasteners, medals and hair accessories that were created by combining a variety of techniques and materials (bleached silver, radiant gold, corroded steel, brass, bronze, mammoth bone, rope, decayed fabric). While exploring her roots, the artist was inspired by Lithuanian poet V. Daujotytė, who writes and recites in the Samogitian dialect of the Lithuanian language.
First regional meeting of Lithuanian Honorary Consuls from Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia countries took place in Melbourne on 30-31 March.
Ambassador G. Varvuolis took part at the opening of Ch. Sugihara Museum in Tokyo, along with mbassadors of the Netherlands, Israel and Poland, representatives of the US and Canadian Embassies.There were present descendants of Ch. Sugihara and descendents of a family, saved from holocaust thanks to to a "visa for life", issued by Ch. Sugihara.
In his speech Ambassador paid tribute to Ch. Sugihara and emphasized a very unique role that Sugihara plays in bilateral relations between Lithuania and Japan and how to this day he continues to perform his humanistic diplomatic mission by connecting generations and countries. Ambassador also invited all present to visit Ch. Sugihara memorial museum in Lithuania, where legacy of the Japanese diplomat is highly valued and respected.
This first Ch. Sugihara memorial museum in Tokyo was founded by NPO "Chiune Sugihara. Visas for life".
Lithuanian Embassy in Japan is organising a consular mission to Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane (Australia) on 15 – 30 May 2019.
The Ministry of Education, Science and Sport of the Republic of Lithuania together with the Education Exchanges Support Foundation offers Lithuanian state scholarships and grants for studies and Lithuanian language and culture courses.